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San Antonio Transit System To Deploy Additional CNG Buses

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  • San Antonio Transit System To Deploy Additional CNG Buses

    by Michael Bates on Thursday 24 May 2012
    VIA Metropolitan Transit, the public transit operator in San Antonio, Texas, is introducing rapid-transit buses that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) as a part of its VIA Primo service.

    VIA put four CNG buses on the road last year, the organization tells NGT News. The new 60-foot, articulated buses are manufactured by North American Bus Industries Inc., and VIA is taking delivery of 16 units this year and three more in 2013.

    "This vehicle is the first of its kind in San Antonio, and we at VIA are proud to introduce it as our first step toward our goal of becoming a multimodal transit agency," said Keith T. Parker, VIA's president and CEO, in a press release.

    The new buses will be put into service when VIA Primo launches in December, VIA says.

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    VIA Metropolitan Transit has awarded a $10.9 million contract to Trillium CNG to build a 10-lane compressed natural gas fueling station at the public transit agency's bus barn off West Cypress Street and San Pedro Ave in San Antonio TX. The facility should be completely operational by the spring of 2017. The article states that this will be the single-largest bus depot that is going to CNG in the United States.

    Last year, VIA announced that it is switching its entire fleet of 448 buses over to compressed natural gas over the next five to six years making the CNG fueling station a critical piece of infrastructure.

    Capable of fueling a 120 gallon bus in less than five minutes, the fueling station will connect to an already existing natural gas grid that belongs to city-owned utility company CPS Energy, who is expected to supply the fuel to VIA.

    San Antonio based Concord Supply Inc. has already been chosen as a subcontractor for construction site management.

    With more than 150 locations across the United States, Trillium CNG is one of the leading companies for compressed natural gas infrastructure. Oklahoma City-based Loves Travel Stops bought Trillium in March. The two companies are now working together to take advantage of recent growth in the alternative fuels market.